Arizona was very thankful on Thanksgiving that Shaina Pellington’s thrilling game-winning shot against Vanderbilt allowed the Wildcats to escape with a 48-46 win in the Paradise Jam at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
The Wildcats, who had 23 turnovers in the game and allowed Vanderbilt to rally from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter, cannot think of DePaul as leftovers in a game today at 1:15 p.m. at the University of Virgin Islands.
The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and broadcast on radio at KTUC (1400-AM).
The Wildcats (5-0) must redirect themselves to how they played efficiently in the first four games including an overtime win over Louisville.
“We were really hesitant on the passes,” Adia Barnes told Kim Doss of AZDesertSwarm.com after the Vanderbilt game. “We are usually really good at that. Go middle or go to a certain side we want to and then go and transition to get shots.
“That’s what I thought we should have done. That’s what we do against zone presses. We’re typically excellent again zone press and excellent against zones, but today we were not and they stayed in the zone literally 40 minutes.”
The Wildcats were again effective on defense. They have yet to allow a team to score 60 points in a game this year.
They ranked top-10 nationally in field-goal percentage defense (fifth), scoring defense (seventh), and scoring margin (ninth) heading into the Paradise Jam.
Lexi Held and Drake transfer Kierra Collier led DePaul to a 77-74 win over Rutgers on Thursday.
Held led DePaul (4-1) with 16 points and five assists while shooting 4-of-9 from 3-point range. Collier had 14 points and a team-high six rebounds.